Award-winning Aussie hospitality tech platform HungryHungry has appointed Narelle Yacoub to the newly created role of Managing Director as the business doubles down on its presence across Australia and New Zealand and moves towards profitability in 2023. In this role Narelle will form part of HungryHungry’s core leadership team working closely with Co-CEO’s and co-founders Mark Calabro and Shannon Hautot, as well as Head of Operations, Scott Fox.
What does Narelle bring to HungryHungry in the role?
Narelle brings over 10 years’ of experience working across HR, operations and management in the hospitality technology sector, most recently as General Manager at Point of Sale company, OrderMate, which was founded by Calabro and Hautot in 2003 and acquired in 2021 by leading Software as a Service (Saas) hospitality technology provider MSL Solutions.
Narelle Yacoub, Managing Director, HungryHungry, said, “I am thrilled to take on the role of Managing Director with HungryHungry. Six years ago I was given an opportunity by the co-founders, Mark Calabro and Shannon Hautot, to join their previous business as Head of HR.”
“At the time I was a new mother returning to part time work looking for a new career challenge in a flexible working environment. Their guidance was truly amazing and gave me a lot of confidence in my role. Working alongside them I have learnt about so many facets of business and what it takes to run a successful tech startup in the hospitality industry.”
“Their leadership has given me the opportunity to develop my own skills as a leader and now step up to take on this newly appointed role of Managing Director. We have a proven track record of working together to deliver great results and I can’t wait to get started.”
What does the appointment mean for HungryHungry?
Commenting on the appointment, Mark Calabro, Co-CEO and co-founder, HungryHungry, said, “Narelle Yacoub is a highly skilled and seasoned people leader, and someone Shannon and I have had the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with since she joined our first business OrderMate as Head of HR in 2017. She is a true asset to any organisation and a source of inspiration to those who have the privilege of working with her.”
The new role was created in response to an impressive 3500% growth revenue since 2019 with the company now servicing over 1,500 venues, from cafes and restaurants to multi venue franchise groups and stadium locations, and has grown its team by 250%.
HungryHungry is on the cusp of launching several new products and features that will cement its position as a leading Australian and New Zealand hospitality tech platform operating across digital menus, online ordering, payments and direct to customer marketing campaigns.